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Birds, Reptiles, and Hunter Education at Jones Park Bookmark

Tai Chi Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 9 a.m. Interested in trying a new healthy outdoor activity? Doug Ebeling, volunteer Tai Chi instructor, leads this class based on the 24-step Yang form of T’ai Chi. The one-hour class includes low-impact stretching, breathing, and range of motion exercises held in the outdoor classroom near the Nature Center.

FlyingWILD Workshop Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This companion to ProjectWILD highlights bird education and conservation through hands-on lessons, activities, and stewardship projects. TEEAC and CEU credited. This class is for both formal and non-formal educators. A $20 fee for materials. Reservations required

Second Saturday Settlers: Homestead Fun Saturday, Aug. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join Jones Park staff and volunteers for an afternoon of family fun. Sample homemade ice cream, enjoy watermelon, play horseshoes and other old-fashioned games, and see examples of early Texas settler life through demonstrations.

Second Sunday Pickers Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sing or strum along with the Second Sunday Pickers as they bring the Nature Center to life with acoustic music, including country-and-western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun, and blues. Visitors of all ages are welcome to listen, sing along, or bring an instrument to join in the fun.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Harris County Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. Join a staff naturalist to learn about the variety of reptiles and amphibians that are common to our area. This interactive presentation will include live specimens and information on how to identify the most common species and the benefits they provide to us and their habitats.

Reptile Open House Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. From the largest pythons to the smallest frogs and everything in between, the Nature Center will be filled with reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Jones Park staff and volunteers will be on site to discuss and educate visitors about these amazing creatures.

TPWD Hunter Education Certification Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This one-day course covers the requirements for Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education, which is required of every hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971. Materials fee: $15 in cash. Registration required:

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants. For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, please call 281-446-8588 or visit

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